Many will think that it takes a lot of effort, money and TLC to have healthy, attractive nails. But it does not have to be so.
It can be simple and inexpensive to have lovely nails.
Here are some suggestions:
Strengthening your nails
You can achieve this by supplementing with biotin (one of the B vitamins) as it has been shown to be helpful for strengthening and growing weak nails.
Using nail polish
Wearing appropriate gloves helps to keep hands and nails in good condition especially when gardening or doing various household chores. The gloves will also protect the polish
when it has been applied to your nails. When removing polish, ensure you choose acetone-free nail polish remover. Please be aware that using nail polish, remover and other artificial nail products comes at a price because all these commercial products contain a host of toxic chemicals.
Best known are the “toxic trio” of dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde
. While some nail polish manufacturers have now reformulated their products to remove the “toxic trio” of ingredients, this is certainly not across the board. Read the list of ingredients and look for a more natural type of polish.
One remedy is to change to buffing (in place of nail polish) which can create a nice, smooth sheen to your nails without using any nail polish. An added bonus is that it may actually help your nails grow stronger and longer due to increased circulation, and you won’t have to worry about chipped nail polish either
Keeping your cuticles moisturized
Cutting cuticles back too far or pushing them too aggressively can leave the nail bed at risk of infection. Keeping the cuticles moisturized while watching for any signs of infection such as redness, pain, swelling and even pus in the those cuticles or the surrounding skin. Any sign of infection should be treated.
Trimming the nails
Having neater and more natural-looking shorter nails is the current trend and that is good news for nails
. Keeping nails trimmed helps avoid snagging and breaking. A fine file will smooth out the edges of your nails. If you tend to get ridges in the nails, a light buff to the surface can help.
Using a gentle nail brush
If you are too harsh on your nails by using long and pointed tools to clean them either at home or during a manicure, you can risk developing a gap between the nail and the nail bed, even leading to bacterial or fungal infections. A gentle scrubbing with a nail brush is the perfect way to go.
Wearing washing up gloves
We have mentioned using gardening and household chore gloves above but when you have to frequently immerse your hands in hot, soapy water, your nails can be weakened because the process leads to drying out of the skin on your hands.
Avoiding those professional manicures
Or at the very least, keep them simple. Such a manicure should just be about having polish removed, having your nails gently shaped and then having a fresh coat of polish. Be aware that acrylic nails can lead to infections while there is a said to be a small risk of skin cancer from the UV light that affixes solar nails.
Always take infections seriously
Bacterial infections appear in the form of redness, swelling and pain and require treatment. Another problem can be nail fungal infection
with symptoms of puffy, red and irritated skin around the nail bed.
There are other reasons why you should inspect your nails regularly.
Your nails can even tell you when you are suffering from a vitamin deficiency. Here is more information on this subject.